Definition of Stretch

1. Adjective. Having an elongated seating area. "A stretch limousine"

Similar to: Long

2. Noun. A large and unbroken expanse or distance. "A stretch of clear water"
Generic synonyms: Expanse
Specialized synonyms: Slack, Slack Water

3. Verb. Occupy a large, elongated area. "The park stretched beneath the train line"
Exact synonyms: Stretch Along
Generic synonyms: Be

4. Verb. Extend one's limbs or muscles, or the entire body. "Extend your right arm above your head"
Exact synonyms: Extend
Generic synonyms: Strain, Tense, Tense Up
Specialized synonyms: Spread-eagle, Crane, Stretch Out
Derivative terms: Extension, Extensor, Stretching

5. Adjective. Easily stretched. "Stretch hosiery"
Similar to: Elastic

6. Noun. The act of physically reaching or thrusting out.
Exact synonyms: Reach, Reaching
Generic synonyms: Motility, Motion, Move, Movement
Specialized synonyms: Outreach
Derivative terms: Reach, Reach

7. Verb. Extend or stretch out to a greater or the full length. "Extend the TV antenna"
Exact synonyms: Extend, Stretch Out, Unfold
Generic synonyms: Change Form, Change Shape, Deform
Related verbs: Extend
Derivative terms: Extensible

8. Noun. A straightaway section of a racetrack.
Category relationships: Racing
Specialized synonyms: Homestretch
Group relationships: Racecourse, Racetrack, Raceway, Track
Generic synonyms: Straight, Straightaway

9. Verb. Become longer by being stretched and pulled. "These fabrics stretch easily"; "The fabric stretches"
Generic synonyms: Grow
Specialized synonyms: Give, Yield
Antonyms: Shrink

10. Noun. Exercise designed to extend the limbs and muscles to their full extent.
Exact synonyms: Stretching
Generic synonyms: Exercise, Exercising, Physical Exercise, Physical Exertion, Workout
Specialized synonyms: Pandiculation

11. Verb. Make long or longer by pulling and stretching. "Stretch the fabric"
Exact synonyms: Elongate
Generic synonyms: Lengthen
Specialized synonyms: Shoetree, Tree
Derivative terms: Elongation, Elongation, Elongation, Stretcher, Stretching

12. Noun. Extension to or beyond the ordinary limit. "Beyond any stretch of his understanding"
Generic synonyms: Extension

13. Verb. Lie down comfortably. "To enjoy the picnic, we stretched out on the grass"
Exact synonyms: Stretch Out
Generic synonyms: Lie, Lie Down

14. Noun. An unbroken period of time during which you do something. "He did a stretch in the federal penitentiary"
Exact synonyms: Stint
Generic synonyms: Continuance, Duration

15. Verb. Pull in opposite directions. "During the Inquisition, the torturers would stretch their victims on a rack"
Specialized synonyms: Draw, Pull Back
Generic synonyms: Draw, Force, Pull

16. Noun. The capacity for being stretched.
Exact synonyms: Stretchability, Stretchiness
Generic synonyms: Elasticity, Snap
Derivative terms: Stretchy, Stretchable, Stretchy

17. Verb. Extend the scope or meaning of; often unduly. "Stretch the imagination"
Generic synonyms: Broaden, Extend, Widen

18. Verb. Corrupt, debase, or make impure by adding a foreign or inferior substance; often by replacing valuable ingredients with inferior ones. "Adulterate liquor"
Exact synonyms: Adulterate, Debase, Dilute, Load
Related verbs: Extend
Generic synonyms: Corrupt, Spoil
Specialized synonyms: Water Down, Doctor, Doctor Up, Sophisticate
Derivative terms: Adulterant, Adulterant, Adulterator, Adulterator, Debasement, Dilution

19. Verb. Increase in quantity or bulk by adding a cheaper substance. "Extend the casserole with a little rice"
Exact synonyms: Extend
Generic synonyms: Increase
Related verbs: Adulterate, Debase, Dilute, Load

20. Verb. Extend one's body or limbs. "Let's stretch for a minute--we've been sitting here for over 3 hours"
Exact synonyms: Stretch Out
Generic synonyms: Move

Definition of Stretch

1. v. t. To reach out; to extend; to put forth.

2. v. i. To be extended; to be drawn out in length or in breadth, or both; to spread; to reach; as, the iron road stretches across the continent; the lake stretches over fifty square miles.

3. n. Act of stretching, or state of being stretched; reach; effort; struggle; strain; as, a stretch of the limbs; a stretch of the imagination.

Definition of Stretch

1. Verb. (transitive) To lengthen by pulling. ¹

2. Verb. (intransitive) (ergative) To lengthen when pulled. ¹

3. Verb. (transitive) To pull tight. ¹

4. Verb. (figuratively) (transitive) To get more use than expected from a limited resource. ¹

5. Verb. (figuratively) (transitive) To be inaccurate by exaggeration. ¹

6. Verb. (intransitive) To extend from limit point to limit point. ¹

7. Verb. (intransitive) or (transitive) To extend one’s limbs or body in order to stretch the muscles. ¹

8. Verb. (intransitive) To extend to a limit point ¹

9. Verb. (transitive) to increase ¹

10. Noun. An act of stretching. ¹

11. Noun. The ability to lengthen when pulled. ¹

12. Noun. A course of thought which similarly diverts from 'straight' logic ¹

13. Noun. A segment of a journey or route. ¹

14. Noun. (baseball) A quick pitching delivery used when runners are on base where the pitcher slides his leg instead of lifting it. ¹

15. Noun. (baseball) A long reach in the direction of the ball with a foot remaining on the base by a first baseman in order to catch the ball sooner. ¹

16. Noun. A length of time ¹

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Definition of Stretch

1. to draw out or open to full length [v -ED, -ING, -ES]

Lexicographical Neighbors of Stretch

stressed out
stretch (current term)
stretch along
stretch forth
stretch limo
stretch limos
stretch mark
stretch marks
stretch one's legs
stretch out
stretch pants
stretch receptor
stretch reflex
stretch the truth

Literary usage of Stretch

Below you will find example usage of this term as found in modern and/or classical literature:

1. Journal of the American Chemical Society by American Chemical Society (1879)
"U = —0.26 O-CH, stretch sym methyl deformation interaction F5.7 = 0.30 C=O ... Table V. Effect on the Carbonyl stretch Due to Complexation О • • • mass ..."

2. A Dictionary of the English Language: In which the Words are Deduced from Samuel Johnson by Samuel Johnson (1805)
"stretch, ns [from the verb.] What an allay do we find to the credit of the ... [from stretch.} I- Any thing used for extension. i- A term in bricklaying. ..."

3. The Iliad of Homer by Homer, John Graham Cordery (1871)
"... at full stretch across a plain, Brushing the tire behind, so near he runs, With narrow space betwixt him and the wheel, Whilst free and far he gallops ..."

4. Allen's Synonyms and Antonyms by Frederic Sturges Allen (1920)
"1. spread, widening; spec. stretch, dilation, diastole. 2. See EXPANSE, DEVELOPMENT. expansive, a. wide; spec, comprehensive, elastic, ..."

5. An Etymological Dictionary of the English Language by Walter William Skeat (1893)
"Lat. tendere, to stretch, &c. See Tend (i), of which tender is a later ... ^f Not from inert, to hold, nor from tendere, to stretch ; yet allied to both. ..."

6. Biennial Report by Oregon Board of Horticulture (1921)
"If the fruit were perfectly and completely covered, and if the fruit skin did not stretch with growth between sprayings, we might expect the apples to ..."

7. Library of the World's Best Literature, Ancient and Modern by Charles Dudley Warner, Hamilton Wright Mabie, Lucia Isabella Gilbert Runkle, George H Warner (1902)
"FATHER, I stretch MY HANDS TO THEE FATHER, I stretch my hands to thee; No other help I know: If thou withdraw thyself from me, Ah! whither shall I go ? ..."

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